January 2013 Archives

Pennsylvania man charged with marijuana possession

A 20-year-old man was charged with possession of marijuana in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, earlier this month. According to court information, a police officer saw the suspect enter an alley in a residential area. The officer asked the suspect if he resided in the vicinity. The man responded by saying "no" as he walked by the officer to leave the area. Police requested that the man stop at least twice, but the suspect ignored him. However, as he left, the officer said he saw something silver in the man's hand, which the officer may have believed was a weapon.

Man convicted of holding victim captive and other charges

A jury convicted a man of threatening, two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in Norristown after he held his brother-in-law captive for reporting suspected criminal activities to law enforcement personnel in an unrelated offense. The Montgomery County jury did not convict the defendant of property crimes such as robbery. However, the jurors sent a clear message that threatening alleged whistleblowers will not be tolerated in the community. 

Pair faces charges in Leetsdale business theft

Leetsdale authorities charged a duo with theft crimes and receiving stolen property after they took scrap metal valued between $857 and $1,000. Law enforcement also obtained pictures of the man allegedly selling the stolen goods. After law enforcement personnel responded to a call about a burglary in progress, they found the pair on the business property. The man and woman were taken into custody. They confessed that they had been at the business for three days, but they did not think anyone was using the property. They added that they took the stolen property to a recycling business in another city.

Appeals court upholds lewd gestures toward police

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the rights of individuals to make a lewd gesture towards law enforcement personnel, typically known as "giving someone the finger." Law enforcement personnel do not have the right to pull someone over and arrest them just on the basis of that action. The insulting motion does not give police reason to suspect that a person has committed a traffic offense or is about to engage in a crime. The case in question resulted from a 2006 incident when a couple who "flipped off" law enforcement personnel at a traffic check point in New York sued two police officers. The defendant was accused of violating disorderly conduct laws, but criminal defense attorneys successfully requested a dismissal due to a delay in the trial.

Law enforcement officer faces DUI, assault charges

A law enforcement officer has been suspended without pay after allegations of domestic violence assault against his girlfriend and drunk driving. He was released after paying a $25,000 bond. The allegations stem from an argument between the pair. Allegedly, the trooper drove home after they were drinking when the victim began hitting him. Official court documents indicated the officer has been employed in law enforcement for nearly 15 years. The woman told police that the defendant struck her in the head and said he would kill her. He allegedly stopped the vehicle, and his girlfriend exited. She got on the ground, but the suspect kicked her.

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